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Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"The battle lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict extend to the classroom, where the two sides’ versions of their shared history diverge sharply. Now, two university professors aim to change the way the conflict is taught by exposing Palestinian students to Israeli history lessons and Israeli students to the Palestinian version of history.
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Those of us versed in both narratives may be quite familiar with the different traumas important to both sides. But to see them so vividly and loyally portrayed side by side reminds me of how important efforts like this remain. For avid consumers of Middle East histories, this is an innovative quick reference guide. And for those entirely new to this issue, I highly recommend any book that is simple, clear and fair to both sides -- for which this approach is uniquely, brilliantly qualified.
At first I was overwhelmed by the stories - a different side of the conflict is told on either side of the book. The left hand is the view point of Israeli, while the right hand is the view point of Palestinians. At first it is slow but the book picks up and if you are very knowledgeable or new to the conflict (as I was) you will like the book as long as you take the time to read it, and are interested in political/social/cultural affair. This book is not meant to be a text book. This book is not meant to be give one simple facts or to make one side look better or worse than the other. This book is meant to show the reader how the conflict may be analyzed by Israeli and Palestinian citizens - side by side. It is meant to give the reader an understanding of how this struggle came to be and how it has evolved over the years and the reason for the strife that exist between the two ethnic groups today.
Overall, a very informative and interesting historical account of Israel and Palestine.
Buy one and give it to your public library. It might just educate a few people--if they read both sides--as they are presented here by a team from both sides.
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Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand today's Middle East.Published 3 months ago by Eric A. Wells
Great book! This is the third time I've purchased this book - I keep giving it away!Published 3 months ago by Pamela JS Challis
This is an informative approach to learning about and then comparing and contrasting very different perspectives and narratives about the same incidents.Published 13 months ago by James A. Rosenstein
Quite hard to follow with the narratives side by side, but an awesome idea and one-off text to help teach the Arab-Israeli conflict. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jo mckay
I love the way this book is constructed. The side by side narratives from both the Palestinians and the Jews is a brilliant concept. Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. Thurm